WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
Former Director of the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority and D.C. Government Senior Economic Development Official, Eric Jenkins, has joined Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC (“GHAJ”) as Partner. Eric will lead the Firm’s real estate and business practices and strengthen GHAJ’s regulatory and administrative law group. Mr. Jenkins is a business and real estate lawyer with over 14 years experience as an attorney, entrepreneur and government executive.
“The experience and relationships Eric has gained serving in two D.C. mayoral administrations and successfully leading the District’s only BRAC project, the Walter Reed LRA, and managing the roll-out of the District’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) program will be a tremendous addition to our firm,” says Earle Horton, GHAJ’s co-founder. Horton continues, “In all, Eric has managed and advised on over 6 million square feet and 2 billion dollars of development and secured various regulatory approvals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.” Mr. Jenkins provides advice on real estate and general business matters such as land use & zoning, commercial & public finance, acquisition & development, tax liens & appeals, entity formation, corporate governance, transaction structuring, business and non-profit licensing, and regulatory and legislative matters. Mr. Jenkins has worked with clients in a range of industries, including real estate, telecommunications, and health care.
In coming to GHAJ, Mr. Jenkins joins a diverse practice of seasoned transactional and litigation attorneys. “Eric is a fantastic complement to GHAJ’s diverse team of talented lawyers. His rare combination of business, government and community expertise enable him to effectively structure, negotiate and close large, complex real estate and business transactions for private and government entities” says, Lewis Askew, the firm’s managing partner.
Mr. Jenkins adds: “I have spent my career working toward this moment and I’m very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the talented lawyers of GHAJ to expand the firm’s real estate, business and regulatory platform.”
Prior to joining GHAJ, Mr. Jenkins was a Partner and real estate and corporate practice lead with the boutique Washington, D.C., law firm, The Columbia Company, PLLC. Mr. Jenkins began his legal career as a regulatory associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Kelley Drye Collier & Shannon and received his J.D. from The George Washington University, his M.B.A from The George Washington University and his B.S. from Florida A & M University.
Eric is actively engaged in his community and has served on the real estate facilities committee for a local charter school and is currently a candidate for Commissioner in ANC 5E07, an elected position which advises District government agencies, the Executive Branch, and the D.C. Council on a wide range of policies and programs affecting neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, and the District's annual budget.
About Graves Horton Askew & Johns:
Graves Horton Askew & Johns, LLC (http://www.ghajfirm.com), provides legal counsel, representation and consulting in the practice areas of real estate, administrative, corporate, finance, government relations and litigation.